Crave Entertainment today announced that Beyblade for PlayStation has shipped and will be available at retailers throughout North America. The game is based on Nelvana’s popular, animated Beyblade television series, which airs daily on ABC Family kids’ action/adventure block in the U.S. and on YTV in Canada. The show is in turn based on a traditional Japanese spinning-top game called Bei-goma, which is emerging as a sports entertainment phenomenon.
In Beyblade, players become active competitors as they use strategy to build and customize their battle equipment in pursuit of becoming the World Beyblade Champion. Each Beyblade is as unique as its owner. Players may customize the assembly of five key parts – the bit, attack ring, weight disk, spin gear and blade dase.
In battling a variety of AI controlled opponents, players can choose between more than ten different characters from the anime series. Opponents can be defeated by knocking them out of the stadium or engaging them in a game of “cat and mouse” until they no longer spin.
An intuitive control scheme allows users to quickly master the combat system. In addition to playing in tournament mode, gamers can switch to versus mode and challenge a friend. All of the action inside the Beystadium is accompanied by commentary.